From submarine fiber to towering transmitters, technology has laid the piping for us to connect across vast distances. And more nodes are in more hands: there are nine mobile subscriptions for every 10 people. But how does this affect how we communicate? Western influence in technology and politics has bred three times as many non-native English speakers as native ones, boosting the language mortality rate to a record high. But not to fear—recognizing that English isn’t a suitable conveyor of every cultural nuance, new pidgins and dialects are cropping up and evolving each day. Here’s a look at our ever-changing chatter.